Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Armidale Weekend Away 2017

Oh What a Weekend!

Brad and Bernadette Aitken have “done it again” – Well planned drive, perfect accommodation, exceptional venues, certainly a drivers delight in our Italian made vehicles, all the way to Armidale and back!

Our initial rendezvous was Windsor, a great drive along the Putty Rd (the delight began)stopping at the Grey Gum International Cafe. Soon after, we were back on the road, bound for the James Estate winery in  Pokolbin. After an excellent lunch & wine tasting, we were off once again and bound for Gloucester. Our Friday night meal at the Fox Den Cafe was shared in the great company of members!

Saturday morning saw us depart in convoy bound for Carson’s Lookout, where homemade cakes were shared to the accompaniment of member Vito Mazzotta playing the “squeeze box” – assisted digestion!

Onward to Walcha – where a warm coffee (after visiting the township) was most welcomed. From there we saddled up and made our way to Uralla where we had many lunch options including the Thunderbolt Pub! Our final leg of the Saturday tour, saw us in Armidale, where we had a meal at the New England Hotel, followed by our accommodation at the Moore Park Inn, where a few light refreshments were enjoyed near a roaring log fire, in the piano lounge, that same afternoon!

Sunday morning saw our cars displayed at the Armidale Farmer’s Market, attracting a great deal of interest. many members took this opportunity to purchase local produce and also took a “Historic Walk” through Armidale – what a lovely town! We then made out way to Peterson’s guest house for  brunch – another very classy venue. Brunch was concluded with a wine tasting session.

After Peterson’s we made our way to  Apsley Falls, a natural waterway and a “waterfall” that reminded many of us of the Daintree, within The Oxley Wild Rivers National Park.

Next, was the most memorable drive thus far, at any IMSMC event – Apsley Falls to Port Macquarie via the Oxley Highway – 84km of perfect roads, 50+ Km of the windiest, smooth, clearly visible, 100% correctly cambered roads in the country! Certainly the talk of the remainder of the weekend.

Port Macquarie marking our final night’s stay – but not without another gathering for dinner within the Rydges Hotel.

Monday morning saw a number of scattered departures (some earlier than others)... another 400+Km of driving our Italian Machines.

What a weekend – the greatest highlight, of course, was the company – reinforcing our social nature. Well done everyone and again, Thankyou to Brad and Bernadette Aitken for your expertly executed event.

Monday, July 10, 2017


Friday Night, 7th of July, our annual General meeting was held at Club Marconi.

Close to 100 members and guests attended a great night. The theme was "Social".

A number of "formal items" were presented as we made our way through the agenda, including our financials and other matters of business.

Leo Di Rocco presented what looks to be a very interesting trip to Dalesford Victoria in 2018. Rob Losinno presented the latest developments in the "modified and logbook" schemes offered to members.
At the conclusion of proceedings, a video of the last year's club activities was played, while members and family enjoyed a complimentary serving of "Fettucini Boscaiola & Penne Napoletana". Our traditional "Mille Foglie" cake was offered to everyone with a "Salute", marking the start of a new club calendar year.

Our raffle was held, always an entertaining part of our functions!

No elections were required, as no positions were contested, hence our existing committee is endorsed for the next 12 months. We look forward to more social & spirited events, as always!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Fiat 500 Festivities

On Tuesday night, the 4th of July, 18 Fiat 500's and 60 members & Family gathered at Cafe Gioia in Leichhardt.

Why? To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the iconic & mighty Fiat 500.

What a great night. As 6:30 pm approached, a mass of classics made their way into the reserved car park of the restaurant, amazing how many people filled the restaurant as they exited each 500.

Flash photography in abundance, while Daniel Kalcic & Nicholas Santarelli, passionately panned around the car park capturing video of the activities. This video will be beamed to Garlenda, where it will be projected onto a big screen, on stage in front of tens of thousands of people attending the festivities at the celebratory event held over 4 days in the capitol of the Fiat 500.

Our night was filled with great company and we were filled with plenty of pizza and cake!

A great photo shoot certainly reflects the atmosphere of the night.

Happy Birthday Fiat 500. IMSMC is proud to support & represent this great car in Australia.

Let the celebrations continue!